The Mulberry House


Sara was born in Yemen 30 years ago, the daughter of a Yemenite father and a Scottish mother. During her teenage years she started feeling increasingly uncomfortable in her environment and at 17 she decided to move to Scotland to live with her mother. Her father only approved of her leaving if she didn’t give up her Yemenite roots. Sarah made that commitment but didn’t stick to her promise.

Ten years later, in 2011, Sara returns to Yemen as a new person. She’s determined to face her past and has the will to rediscover her native roots.  Unexpectedly, she finds that both her family and her country are about to undergo a revolution.


Sara Ishaq was born in Yemen in 1984. She studied film directing at the Edinburgh College of Art. She has been involved in several BBC productions set in the Middle East. Her first short documentary Karama Has No Walls (2012) was nominated for the BAFTA New Talent Award and won several international awards. The Mulberry House is her feature debut.


IDFA – The Netherlands, 2013

Dubai International Film Festival – United Arab Emirates, 2013

London Human Watch Rights Film Festival – UK, 2014

DOK.fest Munich – Germany, 2014

This Human World Festival (Jury Price) – Austria, 2014

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The Mulberry House

Sara Ishaq

Yemen, Scotland, Syria, Egypt, United Arab Emirates (2013)



Language: arabic

Executive Producer: Diana El Jeiroudi

Screenplay: Sara Ishaq

Photography: Sara Ishaq

Editing: Doaa Fadel, Sara Ishaq

Sound: Sara Ishaq

Music: Ahmed Al-Shaiba

Production companies: Proaction Film,  Seen Films, Setara Films, Dubai Film Market / Enjaaz Film Fund

Distributor: Proaction Film GmbH